Friday, June 6, 2014

Homemade Apple & Cinnamon Scones

Scones are a British tea time treat that you can buy at coffee shops or bakeries but they're even better when you make them from scratch at home. Scones are the perfect canvas for various different flavorings; chocolate, dried fruit, or even fresh herbs for savory scones. This time I used the classic combo of apple and cinnamon, which you might associate the two with apple pie, and put them into these scones for a delicious but light snack or dessert with tea.

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cubed
3/4 cup whole milk 
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Preheat your oven to 400ºF

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl then add the butter and rub the two together with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs

Add the sugar, ground cinnamon, and the milk and stir together a butter knife then add the chopped apples until a sticky dough forms

Dust a work surface and a rolling pin with plenty of flour and roll the dough until it's 1/2 inch thick

Cut 10 squares out of the dough and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet 

Brush each scone with the beaten egg and bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly golden brown

Cool for a few minutes then serve with jam and tea